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Assistant News Director

Spectrum Networks is looking for passionate, talented and driven individuals with an eagerness to join the best and most dedicated in gathering, producing and delivering stories that make a difference within a 24-hour breaking news environment. Our commitment is to engage viewers with relevant and timely news that is important to the local communities we serve.

What is Spectrum Networks: Spectrum Networks is a growing organization, home of 27 Local News Channels nationwide and 9 Local/Regional Sports Channels, inclusive of 3 Los Angeles based Sports Networks. Spectrum Networks is the news and sports division of Charter Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: CHTR), the leading broadband communications company and the second-largest cable operator in the United States.

The Spectrum News Environment: Spectrum News is a 24-hour breaking news network that requires employees be flexible and available to work various shifts throughout the day, including early mornings, late evenings, weekends and holidays. The network is currently focused on the morning news, which means your day will start in the middle of the night, but it also means your workday will end around noon (most days).

Spectrum Networks employees are passionate and driven, and can thrive in a competitive, fast-paced and fiercely accurate 24-hour breaking news environment. They are creative and/or highly technical with a desire to leverage their knowledge, skills and abilities to share news stories that enhance daily living within our local communities. They are nimble and learn quickly, enabling themselves to pivot when new information is acquired within an ever-changing newsroom. They are team players with positive attitudes and strong interpersonal skills. They have the ability to multi-task, meet tight deadlines and remain calm under pressure.

What we’re looking for: an Assistant News Director to be responsible for planning, development and production of all news programming, and provide day-to-day management of the newsroom; Participates in coordinating coverage of major stories, breaking news and specials; Guides the development of coverage plans, including anticipating special news or sports events, ensuring comprehensive, well-rounded coverage. Major responsibilities include but are not limited to:
  • Provides leadership for the editorial direction of programming for Spectrum News, including daily news coverage, long-range planning for major news events and production initiatives
  • Responsible for managing both editorial content and personnel, including scheduling and holding managers and staff accountable to one another and newsroom expectations, including disciplinary matters
  • Ensures that news coverage meets company policies, industry codes, FCC rules and station brand values; enforces journalistic, ethical and legal standards
  • Oversees the planning and development and ensures creation of a continuous flow of editorial content.
  • Drives content for stories and allocates personnel to specific projects. Enhances news or other content.
  • Assists in hiring, supervising and developing news staff. Conducts performance evaluations for direct reports, including reporters and producers.
  • Works with technical departments to facilitate use of newsroom systems and to coordinate work flow between technical and news staffs and to coordinate remote productions.
  • Works with Creative Services Department to promote and market Spectrum News and coordinates special programming with the Traffic and Sales departments.
  • Maintains a positive work environment by motivating and communicating in a professional manner.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

  • Ability to read, write, speak and understand English
  • Demonstrated ability to lead people and obtain results through others
  • Ability to anticipate situations and plan over short and long terms
  • Ability to organize and manage multiple priorities
  • Ability to build relationships and motivate
  • Problem analysis skills and problem resolution skills at both a strategic and a functional level
  • Knowledge of all aspects of local news programming, especially social media
  • Excellent interpersonal and verbal communication skills with the ability to produce clear and concise written analysis and reports
  • Ability to promote product within the company and throughout the area
  • In depth ability with MS Office
  • Ability to analyze and interpret data
  • Ability to effectively present information to management
  • Ability to make decisions and solve problems while working under pressure
  • Ability to show judgment and initiative and to accomplish job duties
  • Ability to think strategically and anticipate future trends, needs and expectations
  • Strong business planning and forecasting skills
  • Strong analytic, organizational, and problem solving skills
  • Proven leadership and mentoring skills
  • Ability to analyze data and develop and present data driven reports
  • Must be able and willing to work different shifts and be flexible with schedule changes

Education & Experience:

Bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism, management or related field or comparable television management work experience; 8+ years News management experience; 5+ years management experience.

Spectrum Networks believes
every employee is an influencer and culture keeper. We expect respectful communication, openness to feedback, an eagerness to learn and grow, and an overall positive attitude.

Roles may require the following:
  • Sitting and/or standing for extended periods of time
  • Overtime may be required to meet deadlines
  • Varying schedule as a result of changing production, breaking news and/or daily news coverage requirements
  • Dexterity of hands, fingers to operate computer keyboard, mouse, and to handle other compute components
  • Provide 24x7, 365 days per year, on-call support. May entail phone or physical presence at the facility for equipment failure or other disasters. This includes, but is not limited to equipment and power failures, loss of contracted services, storms or severe weather, and loss of staff members
  • Participate in an established on-call rotation
  • Ability to lift and carry up to 50 pounds at varying distances
  • Local travel up to 15% in company car and may require additional trips